As any journalist who has poked at this hornet's nest can tell you, myself included, the wrath of the 4chan hive is no picnic.
The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps also use the supersonic F/A-18 hornet strike fighter to guide other jets to their targets.
But that's abstract enough to allow people to read into it what they will and avoid the hornet's nest of contemporary politics.
Captain Porter's instructions were to meet the Constitution and hornet, which were cruising in that part of the world.
Nine of her crew went down with her, and three of the hornet's men.
The brig had borne down upon the hornet, and as they passed each other each delivered a broadside.
"We're right in the middle of the hornet's nest," whispered Noll.
"Don't stir up a hornet's nest at home," counseled the elder Carrick.
Shun idleness as you do the sting of a hornet, or the bite of a rattler.
A British 74 came up from the Brazilian capital, and drove the hornet into the harbor.
Old English hyrnet, hurnitu "large wasp, beetle," probably from Proto-Germanic *hurz-nut- (cf. Old Saxon hornut, Middle Dutch huersel, Dutch horzel, Old High German hornaz, German Hornisse "hornet"), from PIE imitative (buzzing) root *krs-, as preserved in Old Church Slavonic srusa, Lithuanian szirszu "wasp." On this theory, the English word (as well as German Hornisse) was altered by influence of horn, to suggest either "horner" (from the sting) or "horn-blower" (from the buzz). Cf. also Old Saxon hornobero "hornet," literally "trumpeter."
Heb. tsir'ah, "stinging", (Ex. 23:28; Deut. 7:20; Josh. 24:12). The word is used in these passages as referring to some means by which the Canaanites were to be driven out from before the Israelites. Some have supposed that the word is used in a metaphorical sense as the symbol of some panic which would seize the people as a "terror of God" (Gen. 35:5), the consternation with which God would inspire the Canaanites. In Palestine there are four species of hornets, differing from our hornets, being larger in size, and they are very abundant. They "attack human beings in a very furious manner." "The furious attack of a swarm of hornets drives cattle and horses to madness, and has even caused the death of the animals."